Little Whispers, TJ Rodriguez

The Community

First Reading
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior
and of Christ Jesus our hope,
to Timothy, my true child in faith:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 16:1B-2A AND 5, 7-8, 11
R.(see 5) You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R.You are my inheritance, O Lord.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R.You are my inheritance, O Lord.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R.You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Gospel
Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable:
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”


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“I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry.” (1 Timothy 1: 12)

REFLECTION
I have been serving the Youth Ministry since 2010.

At first, attending Youth was all about making friends. Every Saturday, may dahilan ako para gumala (I have a reason to go out). My parents trusted my friends in Youth, so I took advantage of it. Prayer meetings started out as a way to hang out with friends, but it soon became a habit that I could not stop.

In our Youth community, everyone was assigned under a ministry where we learn the value of teamwork and commitment. My first ministries were the Service Ministry (where we did all the logistical work) and the Dance Ministry. I was excited to be a part of a community where everyone is connected to each other and to Jesus!

Soon after, I tried to audition for the Praise Ministry, our community’s musicians and singers. I did not make the cut because at that time I was not done with the Intercessory Ministry, a ministry everyone must go through. I was heartbroken because I thought I did not have what it takes to be a part of that ministry. Being rejected made me question myself, but it did not stop me from serving.

After serving in the Intercessory Ministry, I again tried to audition for the Praise Ministry. This time I got in! I was excited to sing every Saturday! As a newbie head, I didn’t know what to do, so instead of trusting my own will, I trusted His. With each passing year in my service to Him, He has allowed me to grow in strength and in wisdom. Jesus used me to reach out to His people; all the things I’ve done were not done by my own strength, but by His!

It is not easy to serve the Lord. You will face rejection, but never forget the love Jesus has for you! This is what Jesus wants you to know today—He sees the passion in Your heart, and He believes in you! Wherever you are in your service to Jesus, always believe that through Him, with Him, and in Him, anything will be possible!

Reflection Song

Commission My Soul by Citipointe

Author

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